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"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)


Sunday, 18 January 2009

let's start at the very beginning.... (January 3)

the picture above was taken a few days later at a garden that we visited.. Heronswood. More photos to come in a few days....

the beginning is always a very good place to start...

our first night was spent in Cooma about 4 hours south of my home here in Woodford. Cooma is in the Snowy Mountains. I didn't bother to take any photos on the way. We arrived at our little motel in the afternoon, had a cup of tea and went for a walk to stretch our legs and back. We tend to stop every hour or so but still, being on the bike does tend to punish the body a little... (read, I need lots of massages and maybe some acupuncture!)

for dinner we went to the restaurant at the motel and ended up sitting with an elderly couple in their late 80's.. the woman had a sparkle in her eye that you wouldn't believe and I knew I had met a kindred spirit. A fellow wild woman. We sat and chatted for a few hours about life and the world. I love that about country Australia, people are still friendly. There is no barrier up nor is there any fear or distance of spirit that you find in the cities. I guess that is why I love Woodford so much.

On the way to Cooma, we rode past Lake George.. a Lake that fills and empties mysteriously... at the moment it is bone dry because of the drought..as I rode along many thoughts came and went from my mind. That night, I wrote in my journal: "as I looked across the Lake, I felt at peace. I 'heard' aboriginal voices at one stage and felt a presence, a welcoming presence. I know that this ride is truly the beginning of my belonging..... Australia is a harsh country. The heat is sometimes unbearable, overwhelming for me. I must remember to stay out of the extremes. The heat makes me angry and that is when I begin to hate this country.......... after talking to the elderly couple, I realize that the weather here is definitely cyclic.. they have seen so much over their lifetimes but said that the weather is normal. It has all happened before. They have seen it. ...man demands that the weather performs to suit his needs. When Mother Nature doesn't do what is expected or what is 'normal' then she is deemed 'out of control'. It is us who is out of control.. maybe we need to learn, or rather re-learn to move with the cycles and rhythms of nature and not try to control her........."

that night I listened to some music - Secret Garden - very haunting... I kept 'seeing' myself in Ancient England and the homesickness came back.... what am I to do?.... a thought fleeted through my mind.. guidance from beyond: *bring this past life into your present. the peace, the calm, the love, the connectedness. When you do, others will follow. Listen with your heart*

here at Inglewood, my garden is coming along nicely. Yesterday I spent quite a few hours weeding and mulching. I bought another apple tree and a passionfruit vine and planted them late afternoon... I fertilized my citrus, watered my rhubarb and picked some beans and zucchinis. I have 3 big pumpkins on my vine and quite a few apples on the tree. Even though it is still hot here, when I look at the vegetables and fruit ripening in readiness for harvesting, I realize that autumn is not far away.....

18 comments:

Tracy said...

Such wisdom wrapped up in your journal entry!

Isn't it wonderful to stumble upon a kindred spirit?

I enjoyed reading about your trip. :)

Genie Sea said...

Thank you for bringing us along on your journey Robyn! :) Very enchanting. Almost as enchanting as your garden. :)

As your autumn approaches, so does our spring. I have always been fascinated by the diametrically opposed world. I will take pictures of gardens to keep you warm in your autumn as my spring arrives. I bet they won't be as beautiful, but I hope they give you as much ease as your garden gives me. :)

Island Girl Spirit said...

Thank-you Robyn for "taking me away" for a few peaceful moments.
Namaste and Blessings, Kelani

Kavindra said...

What a lovely post. I love that you recognized a fellow wild woman ~ perhaps your future self?

Do you know there are studies that show humans just get angry when it's too hot for us? It's hardwired, and I suppose it's where all the idiomatic phrases linking heat and anger come from.

So don't be hard on yourself, make sure you don't get overheated, even living in a sunburned country that you are loving.

Can't wait for the next installment. My husband and a dear friend of ours both love your country. I didn't go when my husband visited there, I felt like there were too many things that could kill me! But where there is danger, there is always beauty lurking too.

Tori said...

Your trip sounds like so much fun! I am looking forward to more beautiful pictures. It's nice to hear about and see your amazing home.

Winterwood said...

They were talking about autumn here on the gardening show on the radio yesterday...I love summer and want it around a little longer please! v cool here today and rainy. Love youer new background pic.

Sorrow said...

I love this line " It is us who is out of control.. maybe we need to learn, or rather re-learn to move with the cycles and rhythms of nature and not try to control her..." it is so very true.
It has been -3 here, and my pipes froze, no bathroom, no running water, it took until 3 this afternoon to warm them up enough to get the water moving again.
Thank heavens for my wood stove.
life cycles, and lessons unfolding in the living.

Wendy said...

Nice to share your travels with you. I think your internal messages are very powerful.
Your garden sounds heavenly. I am waiting for spring!

Sheila@Simple Indulgences said...

It sounds like the best kind of adventure this trip of yours.
Don't you love talking to older people, they are so interesting, and open. They have passed the stage of worrying what people think and talk about things without censoring them. I often start up conversations with people I don't know, in waiting rooms and line ups, and it's amazing what they tell you.

peppylady said...

Your trip sound divine.

Coffee is on.

Fire Byrd said...

Lovely writing about the difficulties and the joys of your journey.
You always sound so grounded when you talk about your garden. It does seem to anchor you in amongst your more flowing thoughts.
xx

Pam said...

You sound like you have a wonderful garden Robyn. I firmly believe that adage about always leaving a place better than you found it, so am working away madly in these drought conditions to establish a sadly-neglected garden inherited from previous tennants. It will be lovely in no time.I like your travel tales and look forward to more!

gemma said...

Oh I so agree with you. Mother Nature knows best how to take care of herself. She keeps changing her weather to keep up with some of the havoc man is causing here.

Monique said...

Hi Robyn,
That talk with the elderly people seems to have done you real good. Elderly people have so much wisdom, we can learn so much from them !!
Your garden sounds great. I can hardly wait for Spring. I'm nearly looking the narcisi out of the ground ; )
Have a wonderful day

solsticedreamer said...

'bring the past into the present' oh yes!!!! that is what i try to do everyday here in the land of my ancestors

Ruth said...

Interesting about the weather patterns - yes, it's us that are out of control I think.

Sacred Suzie said...

What a wonderful trip! I've missed you. I can hardly believe you need to think about autumn, spring seems to far away. We're in the deep freeze big time here. I love that you got another apple tree! I've wanted one of those for a long time.

I love that you listen to Edith Piaf while you cook, singing words you don't understand. That is rebellious indeed!

A bird in the hand said...

Think less and feel more...

Thank you for sharing your journey.
xxo